Amid the thunderous roaring of over 75 Royal Enfield motorcycles, the 19th edition of Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey was flagged off from Delhi. Embarking on an 18-day adventure ride, 75 riders will traverse approximately 3050 km to reach Umling La, the highest motorable pass in the world, via some of the most breath-taking terrains in northern India.
Flagged off in the traditional Ladakhi ceremony, the riding contingent was blessed by Buddhist lamas who chanted prayers to bless the riders at the flag-off ceremony. This year, participants for Himalayan Odyssey congregated from across the world like Netherlands, Singapore as well as from cities like Madurai, Kasargod, Srivilliputhur among others, to be a part of this epic ride. The entire contingent was flagged off from Delhi, and will follow the Jammu-Srinagar route and make a stop at the Kargil War memorial, Dras, to pay homage to our martyrs.
From Kargil, the team will move towards Leh and then ride to Umling La. From the top of the world, the riding contingent will traverse towards the picturesque landscape of Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley traversing the rugged Sarchu route, to reach Manali and end the ride at Chandigarh. Riding through Ladakh will challenge the rider in terms of weather and terrain, while also experiencing an adventure of a lifetime. With a view to reducing the impact on the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas and also raising awareness about environment-friendly tourism, this edition of the Himalayan Odyssey will continue to root for the adoption of Responsible Travel practices by its riding community, in a bid to #LeaveEveryPlaceBetter.
Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Chief Commercial Officer, Royal Enfield said, "The Himalayas have always been our spiritual home, and Himalayan Odyssey is a tribute to our undying spirit of exploration and motorcycle adventure. Since its inception in 1997, when 15 bravehearts embarked on the first Himalayan Odyssey to today when we have 75 adventurists embarking on this, journey, Himalayan Odyssey has become a journey of self-discovery and human endurance that inspires and enables riders to fulfill their dream of riding to the Himalayas. Each year, we see participants in huge numbers joining us on the Himalayan Odyssey ride where we not only help them explore the beautiful Ladakh region, but also become more environmentally conscious and responsible on the journey. This year too, we will continue our efforts to preserve and sustain the delicate Himalayan environment through our 'Responsible Travel' initiative and inculcate the adoption of sustainable travel practices within the riding community."
Traversing through some of the roughest terrains and highest mountain passes in the world, the Himalayan Odyssey contingent will continue to promote the concept of a responsible motorcycle journey through various efforts. In 2019, Royal Enfield took it upon themselves to reduce the plastic waste footprint generated due to Himalayan Odyssey by ensuring that the participants do not buy single-use plastic water bottles. This was made possible by carrying water filtration units during the ride so that the participants can fill their reusable water bottles and hydration bags when required. In addition to that, the team also placed filtration units at the Royal Enfield service center in Keylong and Leh as well as at camps in Nubra, Debring, and Sarchu, so that the people visiting these camps can access clean drinking water without having to purchase water bottles. This exercise on Himalayan Odyssey 2019 gave birth to the concept of ‘Leave Every Place Better’ which is now an overarching theme for all the rides and events at Royal Enfield.
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